Van Oord selects Marlink VSAT for vessel connectivity in Indian waters

Van Oord has selected Marlink’s high throughput VSAT for connectivity in Indian territorial waters, through an agreement with India's licensed Inflight Maritime Connectivity service partner, Nelco Ltd. Credit: Van Oord/Marlink

Van Oord has selected satellite communications provider Marlink to providehigh throughput VSAT for connectivity in Indian territorial waters, through an agreement with India’s licensed Inflight Maritime Connectivity service partner, Nelco.

Van Oord signed a fixed term contract for Marlink’s SeaLink VSAT service after a trial was concluded in October 2019 onboard the trailing suction hopper dredger Volvox Asia.

The capacity agreement ensures that Van Oord vessels can stay connected to flexible, resilient and high-speed broadband even in areas where previously, regional regulations prohibited or restricted their ability to stay connected via satellite. It also means that customer vessels can remain in compliance with reporting requirements of national and international regulations.

Satellite communications are subject to license restrictions when operating in Indian waters, meaning that VSAT must be turned off, unless using a licenced service provider.

The result is either increased complexity for the customer’s information communications technology department or loss of access to bandwidth used for mission-critical operations, crew connectivity and compliance. Working with Nelco, Marlink can now remove these challenges, ensuring that customers do not experience any service interruptions.